Drug Overdose Prevention Information

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

PDO email header

September 10, 2019

Here are your weekly opioid epidemic updates from the Indiana State Department of Health:

Gov. Holcomb declares September “Recovery Month”

Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Indiana in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Recovery Month. #RecoveryMonth aligns with the governor’s #NextLevelRecovery initiative to combat the drug crisis and is focused on increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrating people who enter recovery.

Information on the OB Navigator Program

Indiana ranks seventh worst in the United States and last in the Midwest for infant mortality. Gov. Holcomb has challenged Indiana to achieve the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024. In real numbers affecting real people, that means Indiana needs to be saving the lives of at least 200 babies per year by 2024. On May 8, Governor Holcomb signed House Bill 1007 into law, charging ISDH to “establish a perinatal navigator program for the purposes of engaging pregnant women in early prenatal care and providing referrals to pregnant women for wraparound services and home visiting programs in the local community” (IC 16-35-1-11 Sec. 11).

The goal of this program will be to identify women early in their pregnancies and connect them with an OB navigator – a home visitor who provides personalized guidance and support to a woman during her pregnancy and at least the first 6-12 months of her baby’s life. The focus of the program in the first year will be women who use Medicaid for their insurance and who live in one of 20 high-risk counties. More information is available on our website here. The first step toward launching the OB Navigator program is a series of community meetings across the state. You can be added to a meeting invitation list to learn more about this project in any of the targeted counties. The dates and counties are listed on the website. If you are connected to a program serving moms and babies and would like more information, please email the obnav@isdh.in.gov and let us know what county meeting you would like to attend.

ISDH Receives $21 Million Grant to Boosts Drug Overdose Prevention Efforts

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has received a three-year, $21 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will bolster the state’s efforts to prevent and detect drug overdoses. The funds will be used to collect better data and apply it to create prevention programs that will further the state’s critical response to the drug epidemic, including: enhancing INSPECT, the state’s prescription drug monitoring program; collecting better, more timely data on overdoses treated in emergency departments; providing harm reduction training to law enforcement; and partnering with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to establish linkages to care by providing transportation to treatment centers. These strategies are another step in Indiana’s multiagency, multipronged response to tackle the drug epidemic.

Changes in Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type and Presence of Benzodiazepines, Cocaine and Methamphetamine

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used data from CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS), which includes Indiana, to make three conclusions about changes in opioid-involved overdoses deaths from the second half of 2017 to the first half of 2018. Overall, they noted an almost 5 percent decrease in opioid deaths, including a decrease in overdose deaths for prescription opioids and illicit synthetic opioids, excluding illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF). However, there were more IMF related deaths as two-thirds of opioid deaths involved IMF. Overall, 63 percent of opioid deaths from January 2018 to June 2018 involved at least one common nonopioid drug. This report supports efforts to increase risk-reduction services and evidence-based treatment for persons with polysubstance use or misuse disorders.

Follow us! @INDTrauma


Check out our website

world wide web logo
light blue divider


light blue divider

Improving Cause of Death Reporting Among Medical Staff

September 11, 10:00 a.m. ET
The Indiana State Department of Health is hosting a free live webcast tailored to increasing medical staff knowledge and competency for those who certify cause of death, including when to refer a case to a medical examiner or coroner, how cause of death information is used at both the local and state level, and where to access additional resources. Register here

light blue divider

East Central Indiana Drug Prevention Summit 2019

September 19, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
This summit will focus on substance abuse and the different drug challenges within the communities of East Central Indiana. Attendees will include individuals from behavorial health, medicine, treatment, recovery, prevention, law enforcement, education, government agencies, faith-based groups and all community members interested in becoming involved in developing solutions, programs and policies to reduce the current drug trend issues. Register here.

light blue divider

PACE Recovery Month Event

September 27, 12:00 p.m. ET
The PACE Recovery Resource Center is hosting a celebration and 5k walk in honor of Recovery Month. See the attached flyer for more information. The event, which will take place in Indianapolis, is free and open to the public.

light blue divider

6th Annual Celebration of Lives Lost

September 28, 6:00 p.m. ET
This complimentary dinner and program, sponsored by Drug Free Marion County and hosted by the Indianapolis Colts, honors those who have lost their lives to drugs or alcohol.  The evening features a Recognition of Lives Lost ceremony, as the name of each individual being honored is read along with the date of the person's passing. Register here.

First Responder Resiliency and Peer Support Course

October 21 - October 25

This 40-hour course will allow attendees to learn how to serve as a peer supporter, conduct individual psychological debriefings, make appropriate referrals for peers and their family members to enhance human resiliency. Audience may include first responders, administrators, police, emergency services personnel, fire fighters, chaplains, probation, parole and dispatchers. Register here

light blue divider